Lindsey Vonn will have to wait until the New Year for a record-equalling women’s World Cup victory after she crashed in a Super-G won by Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl on Sunday.
Although Lindsey Vonn did no damage to her troublesome right knee — after only starting to race again recently following two operations — she landed heavily on her right elbow.
“I was risking everything and attacking the course. That sometimes happens in super-G; you don’t have any training runs and you have just one inspection,” Vonn said. “I hit my elbow, somehow funny. I have some ice on it. It’s just a little bit swollen, but no big deal.”
After winning Saturday’s downhill, Lindsey Vonn was looking for a fourth consecutive podium finish and was 0.01 ahead of Georgl’s time on the first split.
“I didn’t feel quite as sharp as I normally do,” Vonn said. “I was a little bit tired; yesterday was a very long day.”
She was looking to move level with Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll for all-time wins on the World Cup circuit.
Perhaps fittingly, Vonn can now do so at the Austrian resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim, where there is a downhill and a super-G scheduled for Jan. 10-11.
After going too tightly into a turn Sunday, Vonn went inside on her skis and slid off course, prompting gasps from fans at the bottom of the Oreiller-Killy course. She lay on her back for a few moments, then flexed her right leg, before getting up.
“I was on the limit and hit some softer snow and lost a little bit of elevation, and then I wasn’t able to make the gate,” the 30-year-old Vonn said. “The most important thing is my knees are good.”
Overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia finished third, 0.13 behind Georgl.
“The course was really tricky, and I kind of like that,” the 33-year-old Goergl said.
It was the former super-G world champion’s seventh World Cup race win, and her first since winning a super-G in the Italian resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo last January.
Swiss star Lara Gut was looking for her second super-G win of the season and finished 0.23 behind in fourth.
Nadia Fanchini of Italy placed fifth, ahead of American star Julia Mancuso.